Crime in Romania
Crime in Romania is combated by the Romanian Police and other agencies.
Crime in Bucharest is quite low in comparison to other European capital cities, with the number of total offences declining by 51% between 2000 and 2004. Violent and organised crime is quite low, with petty crime and institutional corruption being more widespread.
Crime by type
Crime against tourists
The United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security stated in 2010 that: "Travelers should be aware of scams involving individuals posing as plainclothes police officers; approaches of "quick friendship" at train/subway stations; and pick-pocketing in crowded areas." "Historically, panhandlers – often groups of children - can be very aggressive and have resorted to grabbing/tearing clothing in their efforts to distract and steal from their target."
Due to Romania's entry into the EU, Romania has been forced to improve transparency and accountability in the public sector. However, citizens and businesses still consider the government's reform weak and slow due to poor implementation of laws on transparency of information and decision-making process. The judicial system is said to be ineffective in fighting against corruption.
- Bucharest Crime Statistics 2000-2004, Bucharest Directorate-General of Police (please see the archived version)
- Romania 2010 Crime & Safety Report, OSAC.Gov. Retrieved June 2011
- "Snapshot of the Romania Country Profile". Business Anti-Corruption Portal. GAN Integrity Solutions. Retrieved 17 November 2013.